Monthly Archives: December 1997

(19)  Sex Equality at the Hawick Common Riding (3)

On 21 August 1997 Sheriff Principal Gordon Nicholson QC ruled that the tradition of only male participation in certain parts of the Hawick Common Riding festivities constituted illegal sex discrimination (see 1997 GWD 36-1867; 1997 SCLR 917; 1998 SLT (Sh … Continue reading

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(18)  Movement amongst solicitors

On 1 September 1997 it was announced that Dundas & Wilson, a long-established firm of solicitors in Edinburgh, would merge with the Glasgow firm Dorman Jeffrey and become part of the international business services network established by the giant accountancy … Continue reading

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(17)  The General Election of 1997: prospects for devolution

The Labour Party was returned to government by an overwhelming majority in the British General Election on 1 May 1997. Of the 72 Scottish seats, 56 went to Labour with 45.6% of the vote, 10 to the Liberal Democrats with … Continue reading

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(16)  The Scots, the English and racial discrimination (1)

Two industrial tribunals have come to differing conclusions on the question of whether the Scots and the English are separate races for the purposes of the Race Relations Act 1976. In February 1997 a tribunal sitting in Glasgow found that … Continue reading

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(15)  Comets, Moby the whale, and a foreshore problem

On the evening of 20 March 1997, with the Hale-Bopp comet and a full moon shining brightly in the northern skies, a sperm whale (physeter catodon) was found stranded near the rail and road bridges over the Firth of Forth … Continue reading

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(14)  Dolly the sheep, patents and cloning

In February 1997 the Roslin Institute, which is based near Edinburgh, announced that it had developed a technique for cloning animals, and introduced the world to Dolly the sheep, the first product of this process. The Institute has applied for … Continue reading

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